LOS ANGELES – Edith Bunker had to deal with her trying husband, Archie, and more.
Here are challenges that faced the “All in the Family” character played by actress Jean Stapleton, who died Friday at age 90. She made the most of these series highlights:
• A breast cancer scare that she tried to hide from the family.
• An intruder’s attempted sexual assault, which she thwarted with a hot cake to his face.
• Fiery clashes between her liberal cousin Maude (Bea Arthur) and conservative Archie (Carroll O’Connor).
• The mood swings of menopause, which prompted her to turn the tables on Archie and tell him to “stifle!”
• Fretting that she was a kleptomaniac after absentmindedly taking a wig from a store.
• A confrontation with Archie over his broken promise to give up gambling.
• Enduring a test of faith after a female-impersonator friend is murdered.
• The discovery that Archie was pursuing an extramarital affair.
• Losing her job after helping a woman fulfill her right-to-die wish.
• A stroke that led to Edith’s off-camera death after Stapleton decided to move on.